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Friday, 25 January 2013

Final Thoughts

Sadness in Final Thoughts

Well, it’s been a long 6 months using this blog and a long 3 months using my twitter. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did but I will truly miss connecting with the class as much as I have been over the course time of this class.

Choosing a favorite assignment is truly a difficult thing. Although, I do have a few favorites such as: Newspaper blackout poetry, Twitter fiction & The Buried Life project. I have different reasons for loving each one. Newspaper blackout poetry was an amazing thing. The beginning was hard because all you were doing was searching for words in an article, which is the equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack. But once the words began to come together and you began to blackout others, the article transformed into something completely original, which was the part I loved. Twitter fiction, now that’s something I thought I would dislike from the beginning but it sure surprised me. I love writing stories but the challenge was that you had to do it over twitter which only gives you 140 characters at a time. On top of that I had never liked twitter and saw no purpose in it at all. When the stories began to come together, my mind began to change and I began to love the challenge of it. Some of my stories came out beautifully and I truly was happy. The TBL project was amazing all on its own. It was such a personal project and I loved being able to dig down deep within myself and try to find all my hearts desires. It for sure was a process but I was happy with the result. I also now have a Bucket list to change and finish for the rest of my life!

To be honest, I don’t think I truly hated any of our assignments. Sure there we’re some that I didn’t think I would like at all, but I began to love every single one in their own way while I was completing them. It’s crazy to think of how many ways there are to be creative and this class brought out many of them.

Friday reading I’ve always looked forward to. I’m an avid reader; I read probably 100 books per year (if you count rereading stories as well). I read all the time at home and during any spare time I can find. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed so being able to read for class truly made me happy. It gives teenagers a break on Fridays to not have to do work and it generally put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

I think the only part that became a hassle throughout the course was the Reading reflections. I generally read to escape reality and if it’s truly a book I love, it pulls me completely into the story as if I’m there. The problem with doing these reflections was we had to analyze the book, ask questions, make comments and make predictions. It took me away from the story and I found I didn’t enjoy reading as much when I had to keep leaving the story to analyze it. It took away from the joy of reading.

The writing reader’s notebook started out pretty well, but when you have a blog to write in all of your thoughts, why writes it in a notebook? At the beginning of the year it had a purpose in getting us going on the course, but soon after that it just got put to the side. It became something solely used for notes in class and that was it. In the end it just became useless which is kind of sad. It proves that we use technology for writing way more than we use an actual paper and pen.

I LOVED the blogging. Blogging is something teenagers generally use; twitter, tumblr, Facebook, an actual blog, etc. So the fact that we got to use it for a class was very appealing. I loved being able to personalize it and make it represent me. Sure you had to post assignments on it, but you also got to do personal additions, which had to be my favorite part. You could write a story, a poem, put up your favorite song, anything that shows who you are. It was kind of liberating in its own way. Watching your hits go up and seeing that people actually took the time to go to your blog and read what you read or listen to your favorite song made me happy. Blogging was for sure an awesome idea for keeping track of assignments. It gave something to the teacher and the students. I think I will be keeping my blog even after the course is finished.

Twitter was a surprise. I’ve never been interested in twitter at all. I actually thought the purpose of twitter was actually it was actually pretty pointless since we have facebook. It’s snuck up on me though. It makes it seem as if it’s easier to communicate with your peers. You can retweet what they said or tweet at them to give comments, suggestions, or just to talk. It can be frustrating that you can only do 140 characters at a time but surprisingly you get used to it. I encourage people to use it for class. You can communicate with your teacher and peers very quickly.

The integration of technology into this course was a phenomenal idea. These days, everyone depends on technology. You can always have access to a computer; phones are glued to people’s hands, the internet is growing immensely every day, etc. So why not embrace it. You will never be able to stop teenagers or even kids from texting in class. They will always find a way to hide it or get around it. So why not use those phones to further their education in the class? It’s something that is inevitable for the future. It was also very intelligent to use programs that teenagers love to use already; twitter, blogging, photo editing sites, etc. Students will be more motivated to do the work with familiar programs, especially if they use them quite often just for fun.

I learnt so much about myself as a creator in general. For my writing, I learnt that it can never be forced. I can’t just sit down and make myself write something, it tends to turn out terrible. The inspiration has to be there for me to create something magnificent. It’s truly as if the story writes itself. I also learnt that my writing will always include love; whether it’s heartbreak or true love. My obsession of romance has yet to die. Also, I can write short stories, I’m generally not a short story writer, I love writing long stories but knowing I can do short is an accomplishment. As a reader, I can never dissect a book. For me to be able to enjoy the book, I let it take me to where ever it takes place, and I live the story with the characters. I can’t leave that place and try to ask questions and make predictions or it ruins the story for me. It also takes away from the story. Just enjoy the reading. As a creator, I love to watch transformations. I love being able to take one thing and change it to create another. Even with pictures; I love to edit them to make the colors brighter, to change the view of the photo, to make people see the subject as I see it. It’s the same thing with the Newspaper blackout poetry; you take a newspaper article and change it into something completely your own, everything about the article has changed. The transformations are amazing and for sure my new favorite thing to see. This course has challenged me and helped me begin making my own creations. I’m so glad I took it.

Mrs. McLauchlan, thank you so much for making this course so unique. I’ve never enjoyed a class more than this. The technology aspect really was an awesome idea and you really should convince more teachers to incorporate it into their classes. I don’t think I have anything to criticize you for because I didn’t have any problems in your class at all. Maybe don’t continue with the notebooks because aside from notes, we haven’t opened them since the beginning of the year. I’m sure it’s not easy taking care of more than 25 blogs at a time but it’s such an awesome part of the class and I encourage you to keep doing them. I loved every single project so feel free to keep those as well (: Even if I am the only one who enjoyed them. 

My advice for future Creative writing students is to just be open-minded. Some of these assignments you may think that you will hate but once you actually do them, you may learn to love them. I thought I wouldn’t like twitter at all and now I’m on it at least once a day. There are so many amazing things that happen in this class and so much creativity. Just stay open-minded to the assignments, to others comments and critiques and to your own creativity. If you do all of this, I’m sure you will love this class as much as I did.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Now What? -TBL project

Now What?

Now that I’ve made my list I question, well now what? Now it is time to begin to complete this list. Number fourteen on my list is to get a tattoo. Well, in May of this year, I’ll get my chance! My family is a strange bunch, about 5 years ago, my grandma got a butterfly tattoo on her shoulder and has wanted to go back to get a second tattoo ever since. When I told my grandma that when I was old enough, I would get a tattoo as well, she decided that she was going to wait so that she could go with me. Now I also have another companion joining us. My mother was going to get a tattoo for her 40th birthday, but couldn’t decide what to get and chickened out, this was almost three years ago. Because of this fact, we are now making this a family event and my mother, grandmother and I are all going to get tattoos for my birthday! (Well also for my mother’s birthday because it is two days before mine) Getting a tattoo isn’t as easy as some people may think, whatever you decide to get will be on your skin forever unless you decide to spend the money to get it removed later on in life. It’s taken me years to decide. One piece of my childhood that I’ve yet to give up is Walt Disney movies. They’ve always took me away from reality and made me believe that even when things get bumpy, they will find a way of working themselves out in the end. Things will work out the way they are meant to be. Disney movies make you believe in yourself, in love, in your dreams and in everything good. Therefor because of this, I’ve decided to get one that represented Disney as a whole. Now that may sound easy but it really isn’t. There are TONS of Walt Disney movies and they all have such a great message. Finally, I came across a movie called The Robinsons. Now I didn’t think I would like it, it isn’t necessarily a classic but after I finally finished watching it, I loved it. This little boy, when he had lost all his belief, conquered the odds and saved his family, his future and more. His motto was “Keep Moving Forward”. At the end of the movie, it ended with words on a black background. It read:

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney

This was a quote from Walt Disney himself. Every Disney movie, every lesson learnt, I owe to that man, so why not dedicate my tattoo to him. My tattoo will be the Disney castle, with the words “Keep Moving Forward” underneath. It will most likely be on my back. It will remind me that through all the hard times, we just need to keep moving forward.

Everything happens for a reason.

My Bucket List Video -TBL project

My Bucket List

This is my video to go with my Bucket List!!
See the previous post to view the full list (:

My Bucket List -TBL project

101 Things to Do Before I Die


1. Ride a train somewhere

2. See the pyramids

3. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

4. Get stung by a jellyfish

5. Swim with the dolphins

6. Drink coconut milk

7. Learn to speak Spanish, Japanese and Latin

8. Go to a Grey cup game

9. Ride the English Channel

10. See the royal family home

11. Skinny Dip

12. Prick my finger on a spindle

13. Go to Disney World

14. Get a tattoo

15. Go whale watching

16. Go to Ireland

17. Ride a mechanical Bull

18. Touch a stingray

19. Get VIP tickets to a favorite band

20. See Wicked on Broadway

21. Learn to paint

22. Write a novel

23. Remake the kiss picture at Times Square (NY)

24. Huila in Hawaii

25. Get a picture with Mickey Mouse

26. See the Olympic Games

27. Go to the Super Bowl

28. See where they shot Lord of the Rings (New Zealand)

29. Meet Ellen DeGeneres

30. See Hollywood Boulevard

31. Learn to surf

32. Scuba dive in a shipwreck

33. See a spider the size of a dinner plate (behind glass)

34. Sky Dive

35. Go in a hot air balloon

36. Make a CD with my Mother

37. Be the voice of a Disney character

38. Meet Robin Williams

39. Make a scene in a Wal-Mart

40. Stay in a five star hotel

41. Hold a snake around my neck

42. See the 50th anniversary of Les Miserables

43. Learn a Russian dance

44. Go to a masquerade ball in a ball gown

45. Graduate University

46. Climb a volcano

47. Deliver a baby for a friend

48. Be on a radio show

49. Try a different type of food every month for a year

50. Go with Free The Children and help a city in need

51. Walk the red carpet

52. Double pierce my ears

53. Sponsor a child

54. Make the front page of a newspaper

55. Learn how to French braid my own hair

56. Go to Verona to see Juliet’s Balcony

57. Go to the Taiwan light festival (Tangled)

58. Be in a flash mob

59. Pass down a family air loom

60. Make a scrap book for every one of my children

61. Own an antique (500 years+)

62. Learn to play the ukulele

63. Horseback ride on the shoreline

64. Deliver Christmas Cheer Board hampers

65. Jump from the highest diving board in Winnipeg

66. Go to Marine Land

67. See the Great Wall of China and walk on it

68. Go to Caddy Lake at least once a year

69. See Niagara Falls

70. Talk to Christine Feehan

71. Ride a camel

72. Ride an Elephant in Africa

73. Catch a fish

74. Go on a cruise

75. Do all four Free the Children Campaigns?

76. Go to the biggest Planetarium

77. Be able to identify all the constellations

78. Be a sponsor in Al anon

79. Ride a Train throughout Europe

80. Learn to Ballroom dance

81. Go island hoping in the Caribbean

82. Make stain glass windows

83. Plant trees in the most needed spot in Canada

84. Go see Cirque de Soleil

85. Own a collection of Disney VHS movies

86. Learn the violin

87. See a barber shop quartet

88. Get a picture with the Grey Cup

89. Go to a Patriots NFL game

90. Become a Mother

91. Get to a Grade 10 level on Piano

92. Volunteer at the Humane Society

93. Experience Zero Gravity

94. Ski in the Alps

95. Sleep in a castle

96. Visit the place where my Granny lived in Ireland

97. Learn my entire family history and make a family tree

98. Ride the ten biggest Roller coasters in North America

99. Live in the country

100. Audition for American Idol or The Voice

101. Marry the one I love

Author's note -TBL project

Author’s Note

By: Jacqueline Paquette


The question pops up everywhere. What would you do if you had one day left to live? There are so many answers and so many dreams left unfulfilled. When this question was asked, I pondered on it. There are so many things in the world to do, to see and to learn. So why not make a goal; a list of things to accomplish before you die. Nothing is impossible. This list may seem as if it’s easy to create but it’s not. It makes you think of everything you want to accomplish, your curiosities, the things you wish you could do. These lists could go on forever. I created one of these lists. During that process, I had to dig down deep inside myself and ask myself so many questions. There are so many things to see in the world, so many different cultures and so much history. There were many things on my list that involved traveling so I could learn and relive that history. I had to ask myself, what about hobbies? Why can’t I paint or knit or know five languages? Why not learn? When you make your own lists, you’ll have to ask yourself these types of questions. What are your hearts true desires? What do you wonder? What can you do to help the world? This is my list. 101 things I want to do, to see and to learn. I also made a video of a couple of my list items to make it visually appealing. It has a joyous tone to it, to remind myself that I’m attempting to accomplish my dreams. Maybe it will give you some inspiration, help you create your own list, make you think. When it comes to being human, you only have this one life to live. You are only a single blip in time, so why not make your life memorable: not only to everyone else… but to yourself. 

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

 - Walt Disney xoxo

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Song of the moment #6

"Some Nights"
by Fun.

Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights I wish they'd just fall off

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I'm still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights I don't know anymore...
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh

This is it, boys, this is war - what are we waiting for?
Why don't we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype
Save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I'm half as liked,
But here they come again to jack my style

That's alright;
I found a martyr in my bed tonight
She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am
Oh, who am I? Mmm... Mmm...

Well, some nights I wish that this all would end
'Cause I could use some friends for a change.
And some nights I'm scared you'll forget me again
Some nights I always win, I always win...

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I'm still not sure what I stand for, oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights I don't know... (oh, come on)

So this is it. I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?

(Come on)

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that's all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on.
Oh, come on. Oh, come on. Oh, come on!

Well, that is it guys, that is all - five minutes in and I'm bored again
Ten years of this, I'm not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home;
Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call "love"
When I look into my nephew's eyes...
Man, you wouldn't believe the most amazing things that can come from...
Some terrible lies... ah...

Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh

The other night you wouldn't believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up but we'd both agree

It's for the best you didn't listen
It's for the best we get our distance... Oh...
It's for the best you didn't listen
It's for the best we get our distance... Oh...
This song has been my feel good song of the week. Helps me get up in the morning and get ready for bed at night. It's an upbeat song that both my mom and I love and I hope you enjoy (: